The UFC heavyweight division had it’s landscape altered immeasurably last night (Saturday June 13th, 2015) as Fabricio Werdum snatched the title from Cain Velasquez in the main event of UFC 188. The Mexican champion was in all sorts of trouble as he slammed Werdum with a double leg and got trapped in a tight Guillotine choke. It was only seconds later that ‘CV’ would tap, subsequently passing the title on to the Brazilian now dubbed ‘The baddest man on the planet’.
Velasquez was the heavy favorite on fight night, but as we saw it’s not the oddsmakers that have a say in the octagon. ‘Vai Cavalo’, as he often does, rocked the boat in the elite top end of the UFC heavyweight rankings.
The stacked card in Mexico has seen the division made wide open once again, and leads to a number of great matches to make in the aftermath. Check out the Top 5 UFC Heavyweight Fights To Make After UFC 188:
1. Fabricio Werdum vs. Junior Dos Santos part 2
For obvious reasons this fight needs to happen. Ever since Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez was made official, a rematch with ‘Cigano’ was going to be on the horizon if ‘Vai Cavalo’ became undisputed champion. The reason? JDS starched Werdum way back at UFC 90 in 2008. It was Dos Santos’ first UFC fight, and he made a big splash rattling Werdum in the first round with a monstrous uppercut.
The ear-wobbling knockout has been a staple of the UFC’s heavyweight highlight reels in the time since, although a lot has changed since then. JDS would go on to hold the heavyweight title himself after a first round knockout over Cain Velasquez in 2011, although he’d only defend it once before a rampant Velasquez would end his immediate title hopes.
The talk of Werdum vs. Velasquez 2 may have to wait for now.